Make a live-edge bench or table



This course runs over six consecutive weekday evenings between 7 and 9.30pm.

The project is to fashion a beautiful bench or side-table from live-edge timber, using traditional green-woodworking techniques. The design is based on the traditional ‘pig bench’ used historically as a piece of agricultural equipment, but it makes an excellent dining bench or occasional table in the modern home.

You’ll learn the process of crafting the legs and undercarriage of the bench from green timber using traditional hand tools such as the froe, drawknife and spokeshave. You’ll then smooth off the top and sides of the bench before being taken through the process of assembling the piece using traditional chair-making joinery techniques.

Then its yours to take home and sit on, look at, put things on – the choice is yours!

This course is a great introduction to the craft of green woodwork and an ideal stepping-stone to my more advanced 'Make a chair' course or more immersive chair-making courses in Wales. If you are interested in taking a combination of these I offer discounts for multiple bookings. Please contact me directly.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Basic timber is included. There will be an additional charge for the wood used for the table or bench top. This will be between £40-80 depending on availability of timber and the size of your piece.

Tea and coffee provided throughout the course.


Ben Willis at Ben Willis Woodcraft


Stoney Lane Studios
Stoney Lane
Crystal Palace, London
Greater London
SE19 3BD

Suitable for

  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners


6 evenings (7:00pm to 9:30pm)

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Rhys - - #28549

Ben really encourages participants to get an authentic green woodworking experience regardless of their skills - I had none when I started- so that everyone can produce something to be proud of. I will do more courses with Ben!

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Nicola - - #25885

Really enjoyed and looked forward to our evening sessions.

Ben took us through the process step by step and managed the class well allowing us to progress at our our pace but all finishing with a lovely piece of furniture for our homes. Would like to do another course with Ben in the future.

The course was more physical than I was expecting but definitely beats a session in the gym!

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Ruari - - #22848

A great course for all experience of wood work. Ben is a great teacher and gives you the confidence to give everything a go unsupervised. You will surprise yourself with the end product achieved in a relatively small amount of time. Fantastic way to spend a weeknight!

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Dan Bailey - - #22845

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Callum Patterson - - #22842

A truly great course! Ben has designed a great course with the perfect mix of expert guidance and independance. The end product is so very satisfying because you'll know you did every step of the project.

In a world where 5 stars is the norm for these sort of things I wish there was a 10 star option for Ben's course.

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Daniel - - #22834

Such a great course with expert advice, tuition and expertise from Ben. We all produced wonderful benches and coffee satisfying. I’m looking forward to continuing in the very near future.

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Campbell Naylor - - #21003

A thoroughly enjoyable course, delivered brilliantly by Ben. Ben created a comfortable and relaxed environment, whilst imparting his excellent knowledge of green woodwork and we all learned a great deal in a relatively small amount of time. Highly recommended!

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Holly - - #20912

Fantastic way to spend a weekday evening. Ben is a great teacher, providing step by step instructions tailored to the type of bench each person wants to make. I’m very happy with my bench!

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Jim Sikorski - - #20702

Excellent teaching in a relaxed and friendly environment.

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Liz - - #18319

I loved this course and I am so proud of my beautiful new bench. Ben was an excellent teacher guiding us carefully and giving detailed instructions as we went. I have never made anything out of wood before and am delighted with the result. Will definitely be doing another course with Ben.

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Melanie - - #18259

This is fun! Building your own wood bench is a great experience! And doing this in such a friendly and welcoming atmosphere like in Ben's course is even better (and I'm not only talking about the nice cup of tea and free biscuits ;) ). Ben really makes the difference. He's always spot on, knows what you're doing and takes the time to explain every step in detail, also a second time if needed.

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Richard - - #18185

Ben is a great teacher and he guides you through building a bench from scratch. We all worked at different speeds but he made sure we were all involved and knew what we were doing. And the bench at the end was a great addition to my dining room.

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